PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday the Nigerian rebel group Boko Haram was now a threat to west and central Africa and it was linked to other militants, including al Qaeda's North African arm.
"Boko Haram is a major threat for all of western Africa and now central Africa with proven links to AQIM (al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and other terrorist organisations," Hollande told a summit of African leaders in Paris.
A comprehensive plan to exchange information, coordinate action and protect borders needed to be put in place immediately, he said. (Reporting By John Irish)
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